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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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2,677 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,677
Hads: 7,330
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 388
Gots: 1,158 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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Photo of Nevbo
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Good hop/malt balance. Banana, lemon, and spicy taste and smell. Carbonation tickles the tongue. Hides the high ABV very well! I could drink these all night : ) (192 characters)

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy golden amber colour that is simply a pleasure to look at. A huge foam head that had great retention and left some nice lacing in the glass.

Smell - Some sweet citrus orange and spice. Rather delicate and understated this beer smells fresh and inviting.

Taste - Sweet citrus malt flavour with a lovely amount of spice. This one is bang on for the style and delivers exactly what you expect and delivers it well.

MF - Creamy with good body and a perfect balance between dry and cloying there is a linger in the mouth feel but it is mild and not over powering.

Overall - looks goo, smells good and tastes wonderful. This beer is a fine example of the style and one I recommend everyone to try once in their life. (731 characters)

Photo of DaverCS
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330mL bottle poured into a Belgian glass.

Appears to be a light golden-straw color. Ample carbonation streaming from the glass with an equally generous amount of fluffy white head.

Aroma is crisp yeast. You can tell this beer will be dry and yeasty. Slight notes of grain. The yeast is obviously present and quite complex!

Taste is absolutely spectacular. This is my go to beer. In my opinion, I wouldn’t change anything about this beer. Immediately when the beer kisses your lips the carbonation grabs you and keeps you the entire sip. The beer is akin to a dry champagne with notes of yeast and light hopiness. Some nice notes of grains or wheat in the mid-palate. Really no malt to speak of. Very little hop bitterness, however, the bittering-hops that are present act to balance and add characteristic to the beer rather than being added in for the heck of it. This beer is incredibly smooth even at such a high ABV! It drinks like a 4% (be careful!). I LOVE Belgian beers, and I think this is the best example of a Belgian bottle conditioned beer. So crisp!

Overall, this is a perfect beer in my opinion. It pairs with any dish. Non-beer drinkers will love this beer as well as more veteran beer drinkers. If you are getting into beer, getting into Belgians, or just want to try an EXCELLENT beer look no further. This is why this beer receives a 100/100!!!

*** Add on 3/22/15***
I aged this beer for just over a year to see how it turned out. While very similar to the original, it has more yeastiness to the flavor and aroma. Almost a slight funk to it (not in a bad way). However, it doesn’t change enough to warrant the year of aging, but it was still fun to try! (1,682 characters)

Photo of avwrite
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%

Decadent and fancy looking but not necessarily the top for me. Taste wise, it's a great belgian. Nice light color, enough carbonation but not too much, but taste was nothing to shout about for me. Great though for celebrations. (230 characters)

Photo of PorterPro125
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Serving Type: 330 mL Bottle

A- Light, cloudy yellow colour, probably the palest beer i've seen to date. Slight orange tint. Topped with a lumpy white two-finger head. Simply beautiful.

S- Soft spice, slight citrus (orange peel) character. Sweet malt backbone.

T- Extremely soft citrus and slightly spicy in nature. Yeasty notes in the background with a little hint of pilsner-like malt.

M- Aggressive carbonation. Definitely more carbonation than I was expecting but I suppose the notation of 'bottle conditioned' makes up for that. Smooth and creamy on the palate.

O- I can easily say that Duvel is one of the best beers that i've tried. It's not only a great looking beer, but it is a pleasure to the nose and palate. Two thumbs up. Totally recommend that anyone who comes across Duvel to try it.

Post Bottle Note: This beer is deceptively strong. Tread carefully, beer bros. (889 characters)

Photo of Elleyo9
4.16/5  rDev -3%

Great Belgian ale. Lovely strong citrus, pear and lemon flavour packs a punch. Light golden to the eye with a lovely fluffy cloud like head. Great with battered fish, light pasta dish or a rare steak (199 characters)

Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%

750 ml Bottle.Very sweet and very fruity.Pears apples a touch of banana.It`s not a bad beer but it`s not something I would get again.I read a lot of reviews on this so I had to try it. (184 characters)

Photo of T100Mark
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%

A 11.2 ounce Euro bottle poured into a shaker pint glass (I don't own one of those tulip glasses).

Appearance - Pale yellow color. Slightly hazy. A meringue pie head! Good stickage.

Smell - Lemon. Straw. Sour.

Taste - A mild, lemony flavor. Moderately sour. Slightly acidic. A dry, peppery finish. Subtle yet wonderful.

Mouth - Fizzy. Dry.

Overall - Normally, I'm focused on the malt/hop ratio. This beer, however, is a different animal. The interplay between the fruit, sour, and spice flavors make for a unique experience. Eminently drinkable (despite the rather high alcohol content). (597 characters)

Photo of mobrado
4.94/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Undoubtedly one of the best beers in the world, top 5 for me. A sad joke that it isn't even in the Top 250 on this website. (Edit: under the new ratings system it's back in. Yay!) (179 characters)

Photo of aleigator
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Big, white head, cloudy, pale yellow color.

Aromas of yeast, wheat, lemon, hints of orange, clove and pear.

A yeasty sweetness is paired with spices and pepper, creating a crisp, vivid mouthfeel with a refreshing and still peppery aftertaste. Complex and challenging, at first impression, the various flavors seem to collide, but they all end up in a very well composed beer with gentle sweetness and complex body. Reminds me of summer, sun, fresh cut grass and flowers. Very easy to drink despite its 8,5% volume in it. Classic. (533 characters)

Photo of eskilgh
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

A - Very pale with a golden color. Chunky and frothy head that resides fairly quickly, but it should be said that my glass was a bit wet before pouring.

S - First thing I pick up is fruits and spices - mainly banana and cloves. Definitely a bit of black pepper there as well. Further in the background are some flowery, almost perfume-like aromas. Distant grainy malt notes.

T - Drinking the beer the phenols are more up front then in the smell. The black pepper taste is more obvious, and also more pronounced because of the carbonation. It starts out with a fruity sweetness that lasts almost all the way through, but is cut off by a bone dry finish.

M - Light body, with very high carbonation that works to play up the more spicy tones of the beer.

O - Really tasty! Packs quite a punch and can quickly make you rather buzzed because of the high carbonation. (867 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: A hazy faded straw colored body under a white sea-foam head. Nice foamy lacing.

Aroma: Cardboard, yeast, banana.

Taste: Yeast with cardboard dryness, then faint banana notes. Very dry alcoholic finish.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and boozy.

Overall: A tasty brew, but very boozy and dry. (316 characters)

Photo of dgraham
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Very light golden brown color. 15 bucks for a 4 pack. A little hoppy for my liking. I was looking for a beer to mimic tremens for cheaper- this is not the answer (164 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

BBD 7/16. Clear very light amber pour (pale gold). Superb head, lacing and retention. Wonderful nose of spicy Belgian yeast, banana, sweet fruit (pear with hints of orange) and subtle biscuit. Light medium body, yet nice and slick. Heavily carbonated with rich effervescent rushes throughout the profile. The flavor profile is of normal intensity, complex and balanced. The 8.5% alcohol is perfectly hidden. It begins with the fruit flavors, then flows into a light biscuit sweetness. In the middle, an effervescent light hop bitterness emerges coupled with a light note of pepper. The finish is rather clean, somewhat dry and a light bitterness lingers a bit over a blend of the previous flavors while notes of clove come to the forefront. World Class and one of the highest scores I've ever given. (809 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.59/5  rDev +7%

Pours a cloudy brown with a thin head that trails the glass. Smells of banana and wheat while having a good amount of hops on the back end. The taste is sweet in the beginning and then transfers to more earthy tones, before a crisp finish that leaves you wanting more. A must try for me. (287 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
5/5  rDev +16.6%

This is quite possibly as close to perfection as a beer can get. It's beauty and quality is subtle and not easy to discern for the non experts. The first sip feels heavily carbonated and one might be tempted to wonder what all the fuss is about. However, this beer is meant to be sipped slowly. After a while, as the carbonation settles and the beer warms up the taste becomes more pronounced. As you get to the bottom of the snifter glass you feel a poignant sadness that it is all about to end. The taste is so unique; it feels like you are drinking a white wine at times. The alcoholic content is high, yet the flavor is so clean and the taste so pure, I didn't even feel a buzz. (I mean this in a good way) it is a taste I will dream about and think about for a while. (772 characters)

Photo of BeardRage
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Pours a lovely golden color with fluffy white head.

Fruity aroma, with hints of a citrus I can't quite put my finger on exactly.

The flavor is a crisp, fruity blend with an undercurrent of black pepper and a surprisingly sweet finish. Feels light and sharp on the tongue. This is a unique and complex tasting brew that every craft beer fan should try. (355 characters)

Photo of Dentist666
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into trappist.
Completely hazy with decent white head, receding slowly to some laces on a surface. Smell is delicate - spices, pale malts. Taste is a bit citrusy and spicy, pilsner malts, excellent ample hop bitterness, dry aftertaste. Owing to czech ingredients (malts & hops), the beer bears some czech characters, generously enriched with belgian yeasts fruitiness. (375 characters)

Photo of silverblaze540
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

A - A very light yellow. 2 inch head, which retains very well. Some lacing. Very bubbly and lots of light coming through, but a bit cloudy.

S - Wheat, malt, and slight citrus notes.

T - A citrus taste is at the front, followed by a wheaty/malty taste. The finish is a very mild bitter aftertaste.

M - a thick mouth feel. Much thicker than it looks. Some burn from the carbonation and the alcohol, but not much.

O - A very good beer. The taste is very pleasant. Malty wheatiness, without much bitterness. The look is nothing special, and the same with the smell. (580 characters)

Photo of TimZebGir
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%

A: Crystal clear light yellow with very full bubbly head very highly carbonated(3/3)
S: Malty nose with sweet citrusy notes (10/12)
T: Super raisiny, full malt character with burnt sugar finish (14/20)
M: Very wet mouth feel, a little dry on finish(4/5)
O: I wasn’t a big fan of this beer the first time I had it, but it’s growing on me. Although the raisin dominates, there is more going on behind the scenes. The nose especially is complex and satisfying. (7/10)
38/50 (477 characters)

Photo of Nightwing
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

330ml bottle ($3.82) from Premier in Halifax. Aroma has pleasant hints of citrus hops. Pours an almost clear pale golden colour, with white head. Has a light sweet taste. Body is medium, oily texture, with lively carbonation. I remember drinking a darker Duvel a few years ago, so it was a bit disappointing to see that this one is so pale. Still a great brew. (360 characters)

Photo of denisconrado
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Taking advantage of the promotion and Free Shipping discount to know this classic Belgian beer; I think it will be up to a parameter as paid, at most, to know a beer, i.e., up to R$ 0.04/ml. Appearance: a 750 ml bottle brings sophistication in simple; the tulip was unable to effect the imp in the bottle, but it should be because the glass is not the brand, with laser engraved (my mother said a pebble in the background would make the effect); abundant, fleeting foam to keep enough; citrus color, translucent. Aroma: It is not unpleasant, but simple, refers to a citrus. Taste: balanced, it seemed like a champagne beer, at first I did not feel the alcohol, but it rises quickly to noggin (inset). Anyway, I was happy to try this beer, but I can not pay more for it, value more when the hops are more pronounced (personal taste). (832 characters)

Photo of titvs
3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 18D). Bottle 33 cl - Batch L42401 0224. AROMA: esters aromas reminiscente of oranges and some pears. low sweet malt background. very low no non-existent hop character. some spicy alcohol aromas. APPEARANCE: light gold color with a bit of haze. large white head that persists for very long time. characteristic viscosity leading to belgian lacing. TASTE: faint fruity flavours mixed with a low sweet background. medium bitterness that lingers beyond a dry finish. some spicy alcohol notes. PALATE: medium-low body with high carbonation. some astringency is present as some alcohol warmth. OVERALL: a classic but now it seems with less overall quality. (697 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

September 11, 2014

11.2 oz bottle, tulip glass (not the Duvel one)

A – Golden, straw. Big, foamy white head, at least two inches. Head fades away very slowly. Extremely clear, very much like a golden pilsner.

S – Very spicy, some mild fruitiness, esters. A little bit of alcohol, a touch of something like raisins. Hay.

T – Tons of carbonation and maltiness, light toasty flavors. A bit of a dusty flavor, like an old but well-kept house. Some fruitiness from esters. Maybe a touch of lemon, and spicy, peppery notes. Some acidity in the balance.

M – Again, very highly carbonated. There’s acidity and bitterness very much up front but it is wiped out by the bubbles. Really very palate-cleansing. Dry finish, leaves you ready for the next sip.

O – Duvel’s reputation precedes it, so it’s hard to separate that out when evaluating. Luckily it lives up to the hype. An incredibly refreshing ber, with complex flavor and aroma profiles, that can also knock you on your ass if you aren’t paying attention. Fantastic. (1,040 characters)

Photo of TylerTheTerrible
2.1/5  rDev -51%

Bottle must have been shaken from the car ride home. Foam everywhere and huge pieces of yeast were in the head. I will be revisiting this one eventually. (153 characters)

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,677 ratings.